The weather cannot dull the Glasgow Hawks!

Selkirk 15 Glasgow Hawks 33 The weather dominates life in the little stretch of the Green Acres that the Lord gave the Scots. Over the last few weeks, he has sent ice, snow, flood and wind to remind us. These are the conditions he provides our young athletes with to showcase the skills the hone during the year, they are given rain, hail and sleet and snow. Whilst the supporter can stay away the athlete cannot for fear he will let down his comrades. As we left Edinburgh it seemed so much lighter, so much brighter, but that may have just been the joy of leaving Auld Reekie. The winter sun, lying low in the skyline and closing in on the horizon...

Glasgow Hawks beat Champions in Edinburgh

Heriots 5 Glasgow Hawks 12 Click here for all the Premiership Match Stats Saturday afternoon and the rain is horizontal, the wind has closed bridges and blown part of the roof off of the Cineworld in Glasgow. Across Scotland all morning, match after match was lost to the conditions until by mid-day there stood only two, one in Galashiels and the second here at Goldenacre. To play in conditions like this it is an 80 minutes test of character, a display of pluck and mettle, of backbone and spirit, in short, to fans of Westerns it shows True Grit; that is just to play, to win takes something more. The ground remained firm, but the ball was slippy on a wet, slick surface. Previously...

Glasgow Hawks overcome the appalling conditions to take the points

Glasgow Hawks 10 Stirling County 3 click here for the BT Premiership Match Stats Hawks programme notes predicted a tight and close encounter between these two sides and so it was to prove. I don’t expect, however, that this was quite the game that the writer had in mind. The conditions were horrible, the type of day that retired players looked at and blessed their stars that they were sitting in the stand rather than playing. At times the rain was vertical, diagonal and also horizontal and the two front line kickers, Pierre Mounal for Hawks and Jonny Hope for County, would have needed a degree in Geometry to work out the angle of the wind from one second to the next....

Glasgow Hawks late effort not enough

Gala 27 - 19 Glasgow Hawks click here for all the Match Statistics for the BT Premiership An icy chill had gripped Scotland overnight from Friday, although it was not as cold as the chill which gripped the hearts of the coterie of Hawks players, coaches and supporters at the end of the match. A small but hardy bunch had made the trip to Galashiels in confident mood. Gala after all had not won a match since their visit to Old Anniesland and had recently lost to Selkirk which was the only victory for the men from Philliphaugh this season so far. Whilst Hawks had lost their last two matches, it was widely felt that that streak would end at Netherdale. It wasn’t...

Glasgow Hawks “sneak” the 4 points!

Glasgow Hawks 16 Boroughmuir 15 It was the best of games, it was the worst of games, it was a game of wisdom, it was a game of foolishness, it was a match of belief, it was a match of incredulity. (With apologies to Charles Dickens) Hawks sneaked away from Old Anniesland with a one point win, which went a long way to making amends for the narrow defeat by the same margin at Mansfield Park last week. By capturing the 4 points they have reached the half-way point in the season in 4th place ahead on points difference from Hawick. Muir, by contrast, had hoped to get into the top four but instead have slipped to 8th in the table after this...

“so near, but yet so far” for Glasgow Hawks

Hawick 23 Glasgow Hawks 22 Match Stats It has been a week of ”so near, but yet so far” in rugby. Last weekend saw Scotland’s elimination from the World Cup by the narrowest of margins and then, in the wan light of Hawks defeat at Mansfield Park, South Africa lost by a small margin in the semi-final of the tournament. On such small margins are success and failure decided. This result could have gone the other way in yet another tight battle between these two clubs. Early pressure saw Hawick take a lineout close to the line and with a superbly executed Catch and Drive followed by the maul, they put hooker Lindsay Gibson over for the opening score in 3 minutes. With...

Rugby World Cup 2015: Ross Ford and Jonny Gray cited for tackles

Scotland could be without Ross Ford and Jonny Gray for Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia after being cited for dangerous tackles. Tuesday morning's hearing in London will assess a challenge made by hooker Ford in Saturday's win over Samoa. And lock Gray is alleged to have committed an illegal tip tackle against the Pacific Islanders. Their fate will be decided by independent judicial officer Christopher Quinlan QC. The pair, key members of the Scotland pack, were charged by Australian independent citing commissioner Scott Nowland. Australian flanker David Pocock, though, is clear to play in the last-eight match at Twickenham if...

Heriot’s take the points in a dour game

Glasgow Hawks 8 Heriot’s 16 Match Stats - click here It is hard to tell what the match was on Saturday, indeed it is easier to say what it wasn’t. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t entertaining and it wasn’t either of these teams playing at anything like their best. After the match Heriot’s coach, Phil Smith said, “We came with a very distinct game plan which maybe wasn't the most ambitious game plan but we're here to win.” All the while remembering that Hawks had one both encounters last season as Heriot’s won the Championship. In this they were successful, they killed any attempts to play rugby and in doing so secured the all-important 4 points. If Heriot’s had seen the Hawks as a...